And July is almost done. How was yours?
A funny old month it’s been, a bit of challenge at times. There’s been a few days that made me mutter rude words under my breath but also plenty of things that made me smile. There’s almost always something positive, isn’t there?
I’m shaking up the monthly round up this month and just posting a quick round up of things I loved in July. Without further ado…
Long walks across forest and field, under evening skies and haunting cloudy skies. Meeting some lovely new bovine neighbours, spotting rabbits bobbing about ( a welcome sight, as myxomatosis ravaged the local population last year) and seeing the kites sailing over head.
Country life is definitely for me and this month more than ever I have loved some long head clearing, smile making, aren’t-I-lucky-to-live-here walks.
I did have to do a bit of army dodging this month as Salisbury Plain has been alive with military training, but even that came with pretty pink and purple smoke bombs. That gets my full approval and did make me smile.
Country Core Style with Fable England
Not an ad, not sponsored, just a genuinely loved brand I have fallen for this month. Fable England.
Creating beautiful accessories with a vintage feel, Fable draws inspiration from the art of story telling and the glorious British Countryside. The whole brand was inspired by a 1940’s scarf and it very much appeals to my vintage, country-core loving heart.
It was my birthday this month and I was lucky enough to be gifted a few Fable pieces, including a new purse with the prettiest mouse themed detail on the clasp.Absolutely delightful.
I’m a big Instagram user and often use the hashtag #flowersmakemehappy. Because they really do- cut flowers, wild flowers, weeds with flowers, flowers from the husband. I love them all and they genuinely cheer up my mood, a room, a whole day.
This month saw sunflowers and lillies blooming in the garden, the country lanes come alive with wild flowers and was I lucky enough to receive a big old bunch sent by Mr THL. Given that at that point I wasn’t quite sure where he was or when he would tip up again, they were a welcome boost.
Books… Library Books
Did you read that in the style of James Bond introducing himself ? Disappointed if you didn’t.
Having fallen out of the habit of reading a physical book, I’ve made a big effort this month to get back to it. And with that has come a rediscovered love of my local library.
What lovely, friendly places to escape to libraries are. And so much more than just books. I’m now visiting, ordering and borrowing regularly again and loving it. I’d urge everyone to do the same. Libraries are always at risk these days, use them or lose them.
Ending the day by turning off all the tech and losing myself in a few turns of the pages has definitely been something to love this month.
I love foraging and my knowledge of what I can forage and where I an find it has grown with each season I’ve spent here in Wiltshire. The fields, forest and hedgerows can be very giving, if you know where to look.
I enjoy the process as much as the bounty. The walking, the spotting and the ‘a-ha’ moment when you have a good find. What goes on the table or into the larder afterwards is a welcome bonus.
This month I’ve had some raspberries and redcurrants, plus some very early apples and blackcurrants. The latter still aren’t at their sweetest, but good enough for some crumble and cordial, and the amount of blossoms and still- green berries on the bushes tells me there’s plenty more good stuff to come.
That’s a lovely thought to end on, isn’t it? Hoping your month ahead is nothing but good stuff. If you enjoyed this post, do leave me a comment. It makes my day.